CDC NHSN LTCF Weekly Healthcare Personnel & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Page UPDATED (1/22)

Weekly health care personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Long-term care facilities can track weekly COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) through NHSN. January 2022 update Protocol Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol for Healthcare Personnel pdf icon[PDF – 500 KB] – January 2022 Data Tracking …

CMS QSO Memo: Omnibus COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Implementation Rules for More States (1/22)

Guidance for the Interim Final Rule – Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Memorandum Summary • CMS is committed to ensuring America’s healthcare facilities respond effectively in an evidence-based way to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE). • On November 05, 2021, CMS …

US Supreme Court Clears Way for Nationwide Implementation of Healthcare Worker Vaccination Mandate (1/22)

Statement by CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Vaccine Requirements January 13, 2022 “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extremely pleased the Supreme Court recognized CMS’ authority to set a consistent COVID-19 vaccination standard for workers in facilities that participate in Medicare …

CMS Will Post Staff Turnover & Weekend Staffing Levels on Care Compare in January and Add to Five-Star in July

Memo # QSO-22-08-NH Posting Date 2022-01-07 Fiscal Year 2022 Summary CMS will begin posting the following information for each nursing home on the Medicare.gov Care Compare website: Weekend Staffing: The level of total nurse and registered nurse (RN) staffing on weekends provided by each nursing home over a quarter. Staff …

CDC HAN Advisory Targets Staff Management in Conjunction With Omicron COVID-19 Increase (12/21)

Health Alert Network (HAN) No.460 – Rapid Increase of Omicron Variant Infections in the United States: Management of Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure Distributed via the CDC Health Alert NetworkFriday, December 24, 2021, 7:00 PM ETCDCHAN-00460 https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2021/han00460.asp SummaryDue to the increased transmissibility of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant and concerns about …

CDC Emergency Guidance for Healthcare Facilities to Prepare for Potential Omicron Surge (12/21)

The CDC press release is followed by summaries of changes to each guidance, Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages: With the growing number of COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant, and consistent with current understanding …

The Era of Agency Staff: How to Prevent Immediate Jeopardies

While still a small percentage of overall nursing home citations, citations at the level of immediate jeopardy (IJ) have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency, largely driven by an explosion of IJ-level citations under F-tag 880 (Infection Prevention and Control), according to the Citation and Frequency …

Highlights from AAPACN’s 2021 NAC Work Time Study and Salary Report with Jessie McGill

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN talks with AAPACN curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, about some of the highlights from AAPACN’s 2021 Nurse Assessment Coordinator Work Time Study and Salary Report.

How to Be Proactive in a Reactive Staffing Environment

Although staffing has always been a challenge, the situation has worsened over the last year and doesn’t seem likely to improve anytime soon. An American Health Care Association (AHCA) survey found that 73% of 616 responding SNFs reported that staffing shortages were worse in 2021 than in 2020. Many staff …

2021 AAPACN NAC Work Time Study and Salary Report Highlights: Reassessing NAC Hours for Success

During the pandemic, priorities shifted. They had to. The safety and care of the residents was the number one priority, and it required all hands on deck. Nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) found themselves working the floor, filling nurse aide shifts, and assisting with mass testing efforts. Even the Centers for …